Chiropractic Adjustment with Massage
June 29, 2017
Chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation, is a well-known procedure often used to not only relieve but also treat lower back pain and other pain caused by spinal issues.
Having a chiropractor apply manipulation to vertebrae with abnormal functioning is the least invasive way to deal with many of the issues that cause patients to suffer from back pain. The objective of chiropractic adjustment, ultimately, is to reduce the subluxation (which refers to the partial abnormal separation of the articular surfaces of a joint) and give the patient a greater range of motion and relieve the pressure on nerves that are causing pain.
Chiropractic adjustments can relieve back pain, headaches, ear infections, neck pain, arthritis or joint pain. One benefit of chiropractic adjustments is that they can help with patients who have high blood pressure.
A great way to enhance the benefit of chiropractic adjustment is through massage.
While chiropractic adjustments focus on realigning the spine and treating hard tissue, massage therapy focuses on the soft tissue and will both enhance and complement the chiropractic treatments.
One of the reasons that therapeutic massage works so well with chiropractic adjustments is because of muscle memory. When the vertebrae are out of alignment and require adjustment, the soft tissue (muscles) around those vertebrae will seek to retain the misalignment even after the adjustment.
But massage following an adjustment will help to re-train that soft tissue and the patient will find even more relief from the combination of the adjustment and massage.
The benefits of combining chiropractic adjustment with massage are plentiful. Among the most obvious is the reduction of lower back pain and pain in the legs or neck. But beyond that, chiropractic adjustment and massage will also greatly reduce stress. Patients will also find that they are able to sleep easier at night following treatments combined with massage.